One of the biggest factors in chronic, low-level inflammation can be the food you eat every day. You are what you eat. So don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake. Nutrition is the most important tool for staying mentally and physically fit and is by far the most underused tool. When you think about it, the only way we live and get healthy is by the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. It’s as simple as that.
Chronic inflammation either causes or exacerbates all major illnesses; cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, arthritis, heartburn and reflux, mood disorders, insomnia, auto-immune diseases, obesity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and more. Most, if not all, diseases are related to chronic inflammation.
Acute inflammation is a protective immune response that helps our body fight off infections and repair injuries. Chronic inflammation is when the inflammatory response fails to shut down as it is constantly trying to heal and repair. The immune system is then producing “free radicals” causing oxidative stress. These free radicals damage blood vessels, cell membranes, nerves, joints and multiple tissues in the body. Inflammation is regarded as a risk predictor for metabolic syndrome.
The free radicals not only cause us to age inside but outside as well. According to a recent article published in the Journal of Gerontology June 2014 aging is characterized by a low-grade inflammation now referred to as “inflammaging”. We become wrinkled and damaged. And who needs that?
The good news is inflammation can be reversed. How? Not necessarily by taking an anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drug, but by first finding out what is the root cause of the inflammation. How can you treat something if you don’t know what is causing it?
If you are suffering from an “itis” you are inflamed. Perhaps you have sinusitis, neuritis (headaches), arthritis (joint pain), myositis (muscle stiffness or pain), esophagitis (heartburn or reflux), or gastroenteritis (irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation).
Do you have trouble focusing, remembering names and your daily schedule? How about keeping track of objects like your glasses or keys? Do you get easily distracted? Do you feel you are losing the mental clarity that you once had?
Have you asked yourself recently, “Am I losing it?” or “Do I have the beginnings of Alzheimer’s?” The loss of memory and mental sharpness is not a natural part of aging. It is an accumulation of causes, deficiencies, and chronic inflammation through the years.
Certain conditions, such as asthma, allergies, arthritis, and auto-immune disorders, have an obvious inflammatory component. However, chronic, low-level inflammation (sometimes referred to as “systemic” or “silent” inflammation) has now been linked with diseases ranging from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer to depression, Alzheimer’s, and osteoporosis.
Did you know that social rejection, fear, depression all can increase inflammatory markers and cause inflammation which, in turn causes diseases? A study of 124 healthy individuals by Shelly Taylor, PhD at UCLA reported the increase of tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6 both know to be bio-markers of inflammatory activity. High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) is another common bio-marker for inflammation. Have your doctor order these bio-markers for you, your brain and your health!
For the sake of your brain and your health, learn techniques to minimize the effect you permit these stressors to have on you. Delegate, meditate, breathe, and let go of stressors that are other people’s responsibilities. This is good health.
If you are carrying around a few extra pounds, your risk of inflammation-related illness is magnified. Fat cells produce inflammatory chemicals at a rate far greater than other cells. When you gain weight (or fail to lose it), you are putting your body under an additional inflammatory burden that increases your risk of disease and accelerates the aging process. The threat is double-edged, because excessive inflammation also makes it difficult for you to lose weight!
What causes inflammation?
• Processed foods and sugar
• IgG hidden food sensitivities
• Gluten sensitivity (Cyrex is only lab that is consistently accurate)
• Hidden gastrointestinal infections
• Stress, anxiety, depression
• Neurotransmitter imbalance
• High cortisol
• Metabolic diseases such as thyroid gland diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and lung, liver, or kidney failure
• Nutrient deficiencies
• Drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter
As a result of a poor diet and/or lifestyle, our bodies tend to over-produce inflammatory chemicals. At the same time, we don’t get enough of the nutrients that naturally reduce inflammation. Removing the cause or causes is the key to the relief of inflammation. Healthy lifestyle habits such as exercising regularly, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and minimizing stress call all help to reduce inflammation.
Nutrient intravenous therapies are very effective in removing inflammation and toxins.
Then use natural amino acids and supplements whenever possible. Vitamin D supplementation helps decrease cardiovascular disease by decreasing the level of high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) according to the research of 924 participants by Chen et al in Nutrients 2014. Soy isoflavones have been shown to significantly reduce CRP among postmenopausal women. Dong, et al, Menopause 2011. Turmeric and ginger have been shown in multiple studies to reduce inflammation. It is important to get the best quality supplements and consider liquid nutrients for the best absorption.
Eat well, decrease your inflammation, remove toxins, exercise and laugh!! You and your body deserve to feel its best!